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obama will announce jack lew as his nominee for secretary of treasurer. he staffers believe it will be approved. analyst say the president's pick is a sign he will move forward with planned economic reforms and do so aggressively. mr. lew served as coo of nyu and worked at citigroup and served as white house office of management and budget chief and is currently white house chief of staff. apparently job one will be to work with congress to raise the borrowing limit and prevent default that could come as soon as next month. the announcement is at 1:30 p.m. eastern time. stay with "power lunch." we will take you inside the white house for all the details. ty, back to you. >> very interesting. now, of course, another major event at the wlohite house. taking place right now. vice president biden's task force making a change in the way americans buy, sell and potentially use firearms. eamon javers live at the white house. eamon? >> there are some that biden himself might not participate in. we just heard from the vice prest as he emerged from his first meeting of the day and he
have had the national security members of the team named in the last few days but now jack lew will be named, we expect tomorrow, to replace tim geithner who has been wanting to leave for some time. here is what president obama gets, someone with vast experience in handling capitol hill and dealing with budget negotiations. he's been a part of almost lever r every big budget negotiation the last couple of decades. secondly, someone who will remain part of his inner circle and genial personality. what he doesn't get is the experience tim geithner brought, years of financial regulation. tim geithner headed the bank of new york. he doesn't have the ties to wall street that a wall street executive might provide. jack lew did work at citigroup briefly, but he doesn't have deep ties there. this is a government person, but the president decided that that's what he needs in a time when he will have a pro trektive fight with republicans over spending cuts, over the budget, over the debt ceiling. this is where jack lew's experience and knowledge can come in and i would expect, sue, and t
treasury secretary. jack lew is a veteran of capitol hill and of more than one big major budget negotiations which is exactly what the president is facing right now. he's somebody with a low key demeanor who gets along well with others. his confirmation is expected to be not too difficult. what he doesn't provide is a strong business background or wall street ties, although he did work for citigroup for a while and he doesn't have the experience in financial regulation that tim geithner brought to the job having head of the federal reserve bank of new york during the financial crisis. but jack lew is expected to be announced today. the pecked speculation about his replacement as white house chief of staff has centered in the last 24 hours around dennis mcdonna. sources tell me that dennis mcdonough is the chief candidate. ron biden has already been a contender. wool see whether the president pairs the announcement of a new chief of staff with jack lew's appointment today. >> so jack lew seems to have the nomination locked up. danny krugman is expected to be looked go ahead at fo
's original signature. this is jack lew. all signs point to president obama say i knowing him to replace tim geithner. and if he is nominated and confirmed, that will mean that our money might end up looking like this. because that is jack lew's signature on it. if he doesn't choose to tune up the legibility of the loop de loops like tim geithner did, our money mite look like this. what "new york" magazine described as a slinky that has lost its spring, republicans in washington are hinting that we won't actually have to worry about seeing jack lew's wacky signature on our money. they're saying he doesn't have to worry about changing the signature to it looks good on the money because he, jack lew, will never be the guy who has to actually sign the money. he will never be treasury secretary. today to be, quote, scoffing at the notion of jack lew as treasury secretary. mitch mcconnell is said to have been irked by mr. lew in the past. republican senator from nebraska, mike johanns called lew a controversial pick. the reasonable he is controversial is, quote, i think there are nic
will talk about the pick to replace treasury secretary tim geithner we will talk about jack lew who has served at the treasury department under clinton and obama. is great to see you again. jack lew claim to fame to create a surplus bet americans are up in arms? >> nobody has a better resonate and jack lew who was an aide to tip o'neill during the reform of social security. republicans are really just playing partisan. lori: over the last three years ago with budget director u.s. has run deficits over $8 trillion per year in that rate is of contention with criticism. >> a lot of that's is more partisan fear than reality. one interview that he did when the president proposes budget that spending on government programs would balance with the revenues to equalize. their rubies smaller running deficits but that was the course scope and size issue. they said it is semantics but that is not the case. lori: do they not like him because he is a tough negotiator? >> that is part of it. >> except john kerry every nomination is criticized even in hagel is not good enough. so the backdrop of the ob
'm chortling here because of your outrage over the $1 trillion coin matched with your outrage over jack lew, i can't figure out which is mor amusing. should we put that in the democratic party platform? >> it already is, that's what's amusing. >> very good, very good. >> let's talk about jack lew for a second. normally this position should go to somebody from the finance world. i think that, unfortunately, that's very difficult to do that because the finance world had a lot to do with the crash in 2008. but normally those are the best people for this job. for treasury. and if you look at george w. bush, his first two people were quite able, especially paul o'neill, but they did not, were not able to do the treasury the way paulson did, which helped us get out of this dreadful problem that we had that started in 2008. so it is good to have a finance person. on the other hand, i believe you're wrong about omb. jack lew's been a terrific director of omb and most importantly, he absolutely does have a lot of foreign policy experience. when you're the chief of staff to the president of the united s
it official and nominates jack lew for treasury secretary. but, he received a quote obscene million dollar bonus as his boss obama would put it while working at citibank which got bailed out to the tune of $45 billion. is that part of the jack lew story that's going to make him toxic in his confirmation hearings? >>> and we go out to san diego where the family of the late nfl star junior learned he had a brain disease when he committed suicide. did football kill him? >>> and back to hollywood, my favorite movie of the year "lincoln" gets the lion share of oscar nominations. this is a fabulous film about government dysfunction and how abe lincoln solved it then. can we learn something about it now? the "kudlow report" begins right now. >>> first up this evening, call it the d.c. gun show. all the major gun players meeting with vice president joe biden and attorney general eric holder. cnbc's own eamon javers joins us now with all the details. good evening, eamon. >> good evening, larry. well, even as the vice president was holding a meeting in the white house complex today about gun control
of these markets plus a whole lot more including the imminent nomination of jack lew as treasury secretary may mean to the debt ceiling fight. we'll previau bank earnings which are about to kick o.those more than anything else could drive the markets in the coming weeks and aig will not join in former chief hank greenberg's lawsuit against the same u.s. taxpayers that bailed the company out. aig ceo bob benmoschy will be here. >> first take a look at the markets. what we're seeing is we have the markets higher though it's well off the highs. up 90 points on the dow industrials and we're up 34 points on the dow jones industrial average, 13,363 and the last trade on nasdaq has given up some of the oomph of earlier and the standard & poor's 500 has a similar chart pattern with a gain on the session of just 1.5 point, eking out positive territory. gentlemen, good to see you. thanks so much for spending the time. >> hi, maria. how are you? >> let's talk about this market because you certainly have a fair amount of issues that could seem troubling, and yet we continue to see money finding a home in equit
in washington. jack lew officially nominated as treasury chief. lew is known for his role in the being acrimonious talks in 2011. what could it mean this time. >> tiffany disappoints again with weaker holiday sales. there was weakness in the americas, strength in asia. so how much of a read through to the rest of retail is this earnings report? >>> nokia shares soaring this morning after a bullish outlook for the first quarter. >>> and herbal life's big day to defend itself against bill ackman's damning allegations. we'll have the latest and the ceo join us later in the show. >>> well, today president obama is set to nominate white house chief of staff jack lew as his next treasury secretary. succeeding tim geithner. lew has been budget director in both the obama and clinton administrations. he will pray a major role of course in negotiations over the debt ceiling and potential spending cuts. the president will make his announcement at 1:30 eastern. it's an event in the east room at the white house. i have to say off the bat just because he's a forest hills guy like me that i, you know
controversial nominations of all-time. he is talking about jack lew to be secretary of the treasury are. there is not even one controversial episode in jack lew's entire life history. but senator jeff sessions who is not even a member of the committee that will definitely vote to confirm jack lew is trying to make his confirmation controversial perhaps because he still hasn't gotten over the fact that the senate judiciary committee voted against his nomination to be a federal judge in 1986. joy read the jack lew thing it doesn't get less controversial than this. poor little jeff sessions isn't going to get to ask him questions in the hearing because he isn't on the hear. >> this is like confirmation theater. darn it they were nominated by barack obama. they have the bam of stain on them. lew's eissue is his weird signature. >> right. eugene robinson. you have seen this stuff over the years. take us through what is going to happen with haegle. you have the secretary of defense. something that bill clinton did. and republicans are going no, we don't like this guy. i think what is going to
in washington. and that's a huge wildcard. lori: quick follow-up. jack lew, does he change things? obviously, we know he's in favor of big government, big spending, probably face a big fight for his confirmation. jack, do you think that changes anything for your markets outlook? >> it doesn't for me. i think the biggest change we're going to see right away is just new signatures on our currency. beyond that, you know, the treasury has at least under geithner in the second term here has really sort of backed away from center stage giving, handing the baton mostly to the fed. you know, whether lew takes a more activist role, he certainly is an obama loyalist, remains to be seen. i will say, you know, there's probably a little more contention in washington surrounding jack lew than there is, perhaps, on wall street right now. ashley: all right, jack. let me bring you in -- david, i'm sorry. jack, you had, we've heard from you. let's bring in david on where investors can make money in this market. what do can you like spa why? -- and why? >> sure. well, i'll make a comment on commodities. some peopl
as jack lew is somebody who served as chief of staff. he was budget director before that. he served in hillary clinton's state department. he does not have a deep background and ties to wall street and business. he's a creature of congress, made his name in washington working for tip o'neal, the house speaker. very hard working, very key, very bright. republicans found him a difficult negotiators in some of the budget talks over the last couple of years, but i would expect, andrew, that he's going to be confirmed pretty handily even though he'll have difficult questions in his confirmation hearing. >> john, how disappointed -- and perhaps now, but it appears that the business community seems disappointed, if you read "the wall street journal" editorial page today. there's a sense of disappointment that the president didn't pick somebody from the business community, somebody with more experience in the world of finance private sector as joe would say. >> i understand the disappointment because they want one of theirs. but, you know, president obama wants one of his in that job. when
decided to nominate his current white house chief of staff, jack lew to secede timothy geithner. gloria, do we expect any serious opposition? >> well, there are going to be republicans who oppose him. senator sessions, the ranching republican on the budget committee came out and said he would not support jack lew. >> because? >> because of his testimony before the deficit committee and that the budget could be reduced. he said that's evidence that jack lew should not be confirmed. particularly on these fiscal matters, he did run the office of budget during the debt ceiling negotiations and i remember from covering those debt ceiling noish ags that republicans didn't like him very much, wolf. some of them said to me that jack lew kept moving the goal posts on them. yes, there will be opposition. for chuck hagel, no. i believe in the end jack lew will get confirmed. but i'll tell you this, the reason the white house put off the announcement of jack lew until tomorrow is because of the fiscal cliff. they didn't want it to get involved in the negotiations for the fiscal cliff. they felt tha
, i would say that jack lew, who is the president's chief of staff, has been and continues to be an extremely valuable adviser to the president. >> that was press secretary day carney, punking the white house press corp, and not announcing that the president plans to announce jack lew to replace tim geithner. the president is expected to do that tomorrow. and hilda solis announced she will resign, while attorney general eric holder announced he will stay on for a second term. jay carney was asked this question about jack lew. >> working on a signature. >> the treasury secretary's signature, you see, appears on all reserve notes, dollar bills during his tenure. here is jack lew's signature, it really is. and here is what jack lew's signature would look like on a dollar bill. not everybody can have the style of john hancock. it was once said that the president had the handwriting that neared that of an illiterate. and of course, there is this, that signature? it may be more legible than jack lew, tim geithner's signature became the very neat, very legible cursive in the right
chief of staff, jack lew, to be the next treasury secretary but the announcement is drawing attention to the makeup of the president's second-term cabinet. it's on track to be dominated by men. our white house correspondent brianna keilar is joining us from the white house. what is the white house saying about all of this? >> reporter: wolf, the white house has been asked about this quite a bit. white house press secretary jay carney has said that the president believes diversity is important and he's highlighted that there are a number of women serving in the white house and in the administration and indeed there are, wolf, and there's lack of topics in his cabinet. president obama choose a trusted insider to replace timothy geithner as treasury secretary. >> under president clinton, he presided over three budget surpluses in a row. so for all of the talk out there about deficit reduction, making sure our books are balanced, this is the guy who did it three times. >> reporter: jack lew, obama's chief of staff and former budget director, has been by the president's side through bruisi
treasury secretary nominee white house chief of staff jack lew. taking of the treasury as the white house prepares for the major fight with republicans over the debt ceiling. the rumors began swirling that he would get the nomination. we here at "the willis report" took a look at who jack lew is and where he came from. his biography, as we mentioned, was chock full of political experiences from his time on capitol hill to his work with the clinton and obama administrations. what we did not point out was his brief stint at citigroup. not something he often talks about. from 2006-2009 he ran the alternative investment arm. that division made its profits from shorting the housing market , betting against homeowners like me and you. while he was citigroup they took in 45 billion from taxpayers under t.a.r.p. two weeks before he left to join the obama administration he took, bonus. before citigroup payback taxpayers, and it was not too shabby, nearly a million. so more than just a politician and lawyer. he was a banker who took money from taxpayers and that against them in return. that is the
says jack lew must never be secretary of the treasury. january none bream is at the white house. why? >> well, shepard, he, like many other republicans on the hill say that lew is the wrong man for the job because they call him a big government liberal. someone who has blocked them at every turn when they have tried to pass more spending cuts essentially. you know it's a very sore topic here in washington. you mentioned that sessions is the top republican on the budget committee. he told me today that two years ago when lew testified he lied. those were session's words. here is a bit more of what he had to say. >> we just can't have somebody who can't acknowledge, can't look the american people in the eye and tell them the truth about our financial condition. >> following lew's formal nomination here at the white house a number of other republican senators sent out reactions saying they are going to have an open mind. they will listen through the vetting process in the senate. most of them are inclined at this point to vote no. shep? >> shepard: much of the word we are getting this i
, president obama tapped jack lew to be the next secretary of the treasury. lew, a man i believe of good and strong values, currently is the president's white house chief of staff. before that he was director of the office of management and budget. the president urged congress to confirm him quickly. >> jack has my complete trust. i know i'm not alone in that. in the words of one former senator, having lew on your team is the equivalent as a coach of having the luxury of putting somebody at almost any position and knowing he will do well and i could not agree more. >> that man standing there, jack lew, looks exactly the same when he was 25 years old working next to me in tip o'neill's office, exactly the same. i don't believe it. lew's nomination signals the president is putting on the upcoming budget battles with congress. we'll be right back. real estate in hong kong, and the optics industry in germany? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex, global economy. it's just one reason over 75% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average. t. rowe price. invest
for some solutions and what might work, did you find any encouragement in the nominating of jack lew to this very important post of treasury secretary today? >> he does not remind me of alexander hamilton. >> that's all you're going to say? >> that's all i'm going to say. i'll give him a chance to be alexander hamilton. >> but why not? >>y in secretary of the debt would be to, first of all, talk in english in our problems and secondly to understand that the -- the revenues put nort so far have been all political and rhetorical, and what we want is the stern stuff of a monastery -- a monetary approach. we want a dollar in exchange for something tangible. and that's gold bouillon. we've not had that for the past -- well, since 1971, about 0-odd years, and what we need is at least a discussion about the nature of our monetary problem that really is a fundamental source of our fiscal problem. >> why would that work going back to gold bouillon? >> because there's only so much gold and can only be so many dollars. >> there's a limited amount, a limited supply. >> you don't have to rely on
dominant position. >>> barack obama officially nominated jack lew to replace timothy geithner overnight. speaking from the east room of the white house, the president made it clear just why he made this move for the post. >> over the past year, i've sought jack's advice on virtually every decision i've made from economic policy to foreign policy. and one reason jack has been so ekive in this town is because he is a low-key guy who prefers to surround himself with policy experts rather than television cameras. and and to hear who has been nominated for obama's cabinet, senator john kerry to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state, jack lew to replace timothy geithner and chuck hagel to as secretary of defense. tinny, good to see you. happy new year. >> happy new year to you, too. >> nice to see you. what do you make of the reshuffle? >> well, they are not surprising choices. there's a lot of discussion about whether obama's second term means changes or continuity. i'd use another key term which is consolidation. i think his cabinet are loyalists and insiders. they'll help move forw
out until january 25th in the treasury, giving jack lew to confirm and i guess perfect his signature. let's see what we've learned, what does he leave for jack lew. he got the stress test done. actually, that's not correct there. let's move away from that. what we're talking about here is the -- let me go to my notes. the stimulus was done -- but sustained growth was not. frank dod basel iii was not done. aig also done. what is the geithner model? what is the geithner doctrine? i think you can say like this, overwhelming government force when it's clear it's needed. b in a crisis, spend, regulate and guarantee and do it with conviction. let's talk about one of the things left over from the geithner years, which is going to be the issue of debt and deficit. i think you would say there was some accomplishment when it came to getting some of these deals in place. but ultimately, he probably thought that some of these things would come off and be declining faster than they have. we've learned a lot about the financial crisis. in fact, we're going to be debating the correct government res
general of the united states. we'll talk to you about if you're feelings of jack lew in a moment. on the deal that we did. you see everybody's taken the zeros off of what we owe and everybody's seen that now. i guess we're making $23,000 a year, we're spending $38,000. so we're adding $16,000 to our credit card bill every year. and we already owe $160,000 on our credit card bill. and the fiscal cliff deal cut $38 off of our expenses or something when you take everything off. is that -- >> actually worse than that. >> how can it be worse? >> actually our cliff bill was an absolute embarrassment to the united states of america. let me clarify. if we had gone over the cliff, it would have been an "f." and a total failure of our system. but when you analyze the bill, it was an "f" on spending. we actually increased spending. we didn't reduce 13e7bding. we increased spending. >> all the democrats tell me that there was already a trillion dollars of spending cuts that -- i didn't -- >> that was from august 2011. okay, but what i'm saying is, if you just look at this bill in isolation,
january 25th. unclear if that's going to mean a seamless transition with the president's nominee jack lew since it seems unlikely at this point lew will be confirmed by the senate before geithner leaves. so maybe the deputy secretary will fill that gap. geithner, if he wants one, can have almost any finance job that he wants. he'll take at least six months to consider his option. they don't say whether or not he wants to go into finance. the question is what kind of job would be appropriate for geithner to take given that he was intimately involved in bank rescue operations over the past several years? and what kind of job could he take in the post-crisis world and still be eligible to come back into government if he wanted? fed chairman ben bernanke, he's expected to move on after his term expires in 2014, and geithner would clearly be someone the president would consider. according to sources, geithner wouldn't want the job but the president has been very successful in getting geithner to do things he hasn't wanted to, like stay on treasury for an extra year or two and geitner has been
, and i finally figured out why jack lew's signature has all those loops. they are actually zeros and that's how much he's going to add to our debt. >> you don't know that for sure. we're going to have that debate on the debt ceiling in the next month. you don't think we're going to see any spending cuts? >> we have been inculcated throughout our history that they will increase the debt ceiling without ever addressing the real problem which is, correct, 100%, maria, it is spending. >> unless the market forces the hand, too, because one thing our leaders do respond to is the stock market, whereas in the early '80s it was the bond vigilantes that ruled the root i think these guys get terrified when the stock market starts going down because they -- you know, from the way they calibrate things, you don't have bonds to do it so now you have the stock market. >> if you get money supply growing at 12% and bonds are in the biggest bubble in the history of mankind, the money is going to go into stocks. that's the path of least resistance. >> maria, what you have to watch very carefully, you have a
late night comics new material. even the president joked about jack lew's loopy signature saying he better make it more readable before it's printed on u.s. dollar bills. listen to what some of the professional comics are saying. >> that's your signature? or are you just testing to see if the pen works? hey, lew, here's a tip, stop signing all your checks on the teacup ride at disney world. the only way you're allowed to have that as your signature is if your name is boyoyoyong. >> he worked at hostess as a cupcake icer, and now he's -- it's good. it's about time our bills look like they were signed by a roomba. >> our bills should have nothing ridiculous on it, just old men in wigs and pyramids with eyes. is this even a signature? or did he start drawing charlie brown and give up after the hair? good grief. and it got no better when lew explained his fiscal philosophy saying, quote, i described budgets as tapestry, when it's woven together our picture amounts to the hopes and dreams of a nation. >> that is so funny. let's check in with erin burnett, coming up at the top of the hour
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